Amnesty for illegal Grenfell Tower residents 'might lead to slippery slope' , says immigration lawyer

Amnesty for illegal Grenfell Tower residents 'might lead to slippery slope' , says immigration lawyer Harjap Singh Bhangal

Sadiq Khan called for any illegal immigrants from the tower to be granted amnesty

Thursday, June 22, 2017

An immigration lawyer has said granting amnesty to any residents of Grenfell Tower illegally resident in the UK could lead to a "slippery slope."

A fire erupted in the tower last week, and at least 79 people have either been confirmed dead or remain missing. 

The authorities believe a number of people in the building at the time were living in the UK illegally or were being illegally let their apartments, which is deterring them from coming forward to assist the inquiry and help to narrow down the possible casualties.

Theresa May made a promise in Parliament that immigration checks would not be carried out on those who came forward. Meanwhile the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, backed a call for illegal immigrants who were resident in Grenfell Tower to receive amnesty. 

Harjap Singh Bhangal claimed there were some who believed this was a "slippery slope" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

He said: "Let’s understand what amnesty is. It’s being touted around by the politicians, but it's different in nature.

"An amnesty is a free-for-all. What they’re talking about here is they won't prosecute you or put you in detention and try to deport you.

"Khan is indicating they should be given residential status, which other people have pointed out might lead to a slippery slope.

"What i would suggest - don’t give them indefinite leave, don’t incentivise it like that.

"Do it on a yearly basis. Say 'if you earn this much, you can stay here.'"

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